Gilchrist: AB is the world’s ‘most valuable’ player

2015 World Cup

Former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist says he is most excited to see South Africa's AB de Villiers in action at the World Cup, and calls him the 'most valuable' cricketer in the world.

Gilchrist said that the Proteas ODI skipper had such a range of talents, on top of leading his side, that he was the one to watch at the ICC showcase next month. De Villiers is the top-ranked ODI batsman.

The former wicketkeeper told the ICC's website: His (De Villiers) versatility is extraordinary and he is amazing to watch.

"He's so inventive, he can play a touch game or a power game. Then, he can also keep wickets.

"He's also one of the best fielders in the world and recently has taken some wickets when he had a bowl.

"And he leads his team very well, so, I think he's the most valuable cricketer around."

Gilchrist also looked forward to the different conditions in the host nations, saying in Oz the batsmen would have a lot of fun, while the bowlers would get a bit more help in New Zealand.

He said: "I think next month's tournament is going to be really exciting. Conditions, particularly in Australia, are going to be conducive to high scores, entertaining cricket and flamboyant play.

"In New Zealand, there are more result-based wickets on offer, as there's normally a bit in them for the bowlers.

"The batsmen might struggle a bit more over there but I think we're going to see an exciting and a close tournament."